I love playing with felt, I always have and when I started planning my wedding I realised it made total sense to make all my flowers out of felt as a way of getting back into my favourite crafting.
No-one warned me how crazy I was! Which is lucky really otherwise I would not have embarked on it otherwise and ended up with such beautiful flowers!
So how to start off making all the flowers for your wedding I hear you ask?
Well first get some felt. Simple I thought as I filled my basket in Hobbycraft with lovely albeit limited colours.
Then find some patterns.
Yes, well, that too is easier said than done! Hours of Pinterest pinning later and I finally found some tutorials that gave me more than just a few rose patterns. By that point I had lots of roses, none of them on wire and all of them a bit basic. I finally found two great resources for patterns:
I also started to design my own when I couldn’t find patterns for the flowers I wanted to make. I intend to share more tutorials with you as time goes on.
I also realised that the colour range available from Hobbycraft was not varied enough for the effect I wanted, so I looked online and found Colourful Felt and wow do they have a great range of colours! Also I learned that better quality felt created far better flowers.
To illustrate, here are some pictures of cabbage roses made using Hobbycraft felt versus the higher quality (and albeit slightly more expensive) Colourful Felt (CF) felt.
The Hobbycraft felt is thicker and less pliable than the CF felt so the flower looks less refined using the thicker felt. Also you end up with a thicker flower with the same number of petals and the colour is slightly duller.
So my advice when first starting out:
- Find the flower ranges you want to re-create in felt and pin like a crazy person using Pinterest
- Check out the patterns at Something Turquoise and LiaGriffith
- Order some good quality felt, don’t waste money on inferior felt it really isn’t worth it. Colourful Felt offer samples, so order as many of those as you can (you may have to place several separate orders) to match your colourway before ordering
- Where possible order polyester, it is far smoother and more pliable than the pure wool (also cheaper), but if the colour you want only comes in wool don’t be put off, some of mine are wool only and still look great
- Lastly, experiment. Some of my best flowers have come from just cutting out petals and randomly sticking them around a centre-piece on some wire
- Get some good equipment including good quality scissors, glue gun, cutting mats and floral wire. I’ll be posting on what I use in the next week or so
I’ll be posting tutorials over the coming months, so watch this space for them!
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